Author Archives: Mike Pruden

Mailbag: Should I recline my seat on a plane?

I like to people watch, especially at the airport. So I’m sitting in the terminal at LAX Saturday, and a normal-looking middle-aged man wonders into my peripherals. Mustache, polo shirt, nothing out of the ordinary. But then he starts talking. There’s nobody with him — no wife, no business associate. He’s pacing, and it’s not until… Continue Reading

Baseball is back! Wait, what?

Yes, folks, you read that headline correctly. I, the same guy who whined about the exhaustion that is baseball in this very same space last year, followed the word “baseball” with an exclamation point. Who is this guy? First of all, let me start by apologizing to all the baseball buffs in Sheridan — there… Continue Reading

Lady Broncs slip in 2-0 loss to Cheyenne Central

Lady Broncs slip in 2-0 loss to Cheyenne Central

SHERIDAN — It wasn’t the follow-up the Sheridan Lady Broncs wanted after a big win over Cheyenne East Friday evening. The aggressive play from Friday just wasn’t there for the SHS girls soccer team Saturday in a 2-0 loss at the hands of Cheyenne Central. It seemed like the Lady Broncs found the identity head… Continue Reading

Lady Broncs win state championship rematch with East

Lady Broncs win state championship rematch with East

SHERIDAN — As Robbi Ryan began sprinting toward the north goal at Homer Scott Field midway through the second half Friday evening, all Cheyenne East head girls soccer coach, Jim Gardner, could say was, “Here we go again.” Ryan dominated the offensive half of the field all night. And although she didn’t end up getting… Continue Reading

Three Sheridan hockey players make Wyoming history

Three Sheridan hockey players make Wyoming history

SHERIDAN — As gloves floated through the air and sticks and helmets glided across the ice, three Sheridan hockey players piled on top of their teammates in celebration. Bode Dunham was in Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrating something that had never been done in the state of Wyoming. He and his Team Wyoming U14 teammates were… Continue Reading

Luckie to have met you

It’s tough moving to a new city. A new state, even tougher. It becomes somewhat of a restart — new bearings to tighten, street names to remember and friends to meet. It was tough for me to leave Indiana 22 months ago, packing up a U-Haul trailer and peering at the only state I’ve ever… Continue Reading

Clift’s OT goal lifts Broncs past Laramie

Clift’s OT goal lifts Broncs past Laramie

SHERIDAN — When Tommy Clift scored in the 89th minute, he released a collective sigh of relief from the Sheridan crowd at Homer Scott Field Saturday afternoon. The Sheridan High School boys soccer team watched a 2-0 lead slip through its fingertips, so Clift’s overtime goal did what the Broncs would have liked to have… Continue Reading

Broncs blow out Bison

Broncs blow out Bison

SHERIDAN — You can’t score goals if you don’t shoot, and the Sheridan High School boys soccer team made sure they did a lot of both in a 7-0 rout of Cheyenne South Friday at Homer Scott Field. The Broncs outshot the Bison 22-2 in the first half alone, with 14 of Sheridan’s 22 shots… Continue Reading

State titles just the beginning for Hastings

SHERIDAN — Hayden Hastings is a winner. He thrives on victory on the mat. He feasts on inferior foes. It’s a good thing, too. Hastings has done a whole lot of winning during his high school career. Just look at the accomplishments: two state titles, a Ron Thon Memorial Invite championship, a third-place finish at… Continue Reading

Column: NCAA Tournament takeaways pt. II

It was a thing of beauty, that Villanova buzzer-beater Monday night. From the execution of the play — not enough credit can be given to Ryan Arcidiacono on this — to the expression on Jay Wright’s face as he Jordan-shrugged his way to shake Roy Williams’ hand. There’s nothing quite like the NCAA Tournament. Kris… Continue Reading

Sheridan College finds perfect fit in SHS soccer coach

Sheridan College finds perfect fit in SHS soccer coach

SHERIDAN — Jenni Winter had a tough decision to make, the toughest, probably, in her first year as athletic director at Sheridan College. Sheridan lost both its men’s and women’s head soccer coaches within a couple weeks of each other, and suddenly Winter was left with two vacancies in the heat of the recruiting season.… Continue Reading

Lady Broncs take 2nd at Jerry Campbell Invite

Lady Broncs take 2nd at Jerry Campbell Invite

SHERIDAN — Nice weather, new records and gold medals filled the first full weekend of the outdoor track season as all five Sheridan County high schools were in action at the Jerry Campbell Invite in Buffalo. The Sheridan High School girls were the top local team of the weekend, taking second with 80 points —… Continue Reading

SC’s Johnson claims title of Kicks on Court champion

SC’s Johnson claims title of Kicks on Court champion

SHERIDAN — All throughout the 2015-16 basketball season, the Sheridan Press showcased the variation of shoes worn by local athletes on the hardwood in the Kicks on Court series. From retro Air Jordans to the latest Nike Kobe model, the season featured an eclectic mix of sneakers. Sneakers have become a multi-billion dollar industry with… Continue Reading

Wowed by the UConn women

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is bad for basketball. That’s an opinion. It’s not my opinion. If you haven’t watched any of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament — and I understand, women’s basketball has this reputation of not being watched by the casual sports fan — let me bring you up to speed.… Continue Reading

Column: How sweet it is

Holy H-E-double hockey sticks! Is your brain still functioning after the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament? Shoot, I felt like a ConSec scanner performing botched telekinesis after the first day. That’s a 1980s science-fiction reference, FYI. I held off on my predictions last week because I needed to clear my chest of the dysfunction… Continue Reading

NCAA Tournament creates cram-sessions for programs

NCAA Tournament creates cram-sessions for programs

SHERIDAN — Steve Smiley is pretty familiar with the postseason. In his six years as head coach of the Sheridan College men’s basketball team, he took the Generals to four Region IX Final Fours and two championship games. For the Weber State Wildcats, Smiley’s new home, the postseason is far less treaded soil. It’s been… Continue Reading

Column: Reselect the NCAA Selection Committee

March is here, baby! I get it — it’s March 16, so technically March has been here for a couple of weeks. But for me and most of the basketball — and gambling — junkies across the globe, March doesn’t start until that very fine Sunday evening when Greg Gumbel announces the NCAA Tournament bracket.… Continue Reading

Former Sheridan athletes, coaches shine at collegiate level

Former Sheridan athletes, coaches shine at collegiate level

SHERIDAN — As we turn our clocks forward, fill out our NCAA tournament brackets and Luther Vandross’ “One Shining Moment” pumps through television speakers in living rooms across the United States, it’s the official sign that spring is near. The flowers start to bloom, restaurant patios fill with customers, and we tie a bow on… Continue Reading

Lady Broncs hold off late Evanston push, win 53-41

SHERIDAN — Robbi Ryan scored 24 points, but it came down to some big plays from her supporting cast to help the Sheridan High School girls basketball team beat Evanston 53-41 in the opening game of the 4A state tournament Thursday in Casper. Just as the Lady Broncs appeared to be running away with a… Continue Reading

Column: 18 years of Peyton Manning memories

Andy Taylor spent years protecting the town of Mayberry. Rosco P. Coltrane could never quite catch the Duke boys in the General Lee. Woody hitchhiked on a Pizza Planet truck to rescue his eventual best bud Buzz Lightyear. Peyton Manning spent 18 years saving the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Bronocs. The man appropriately dubbed… Continue Reading

Rams drop 3rd-place game to Greybull

BIG HORN — The Big Horn High School boys basketball team set out to win two games at the 2A state tournament over the weekend, but they just didn’t have enough gas left in the tank to finish it out in a tough 45-37 loss to Greybull in Saturday’s third-place game. Big Horn head coach… Continue Reading

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